Summer University on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development & Healthy Lifestyles, July 2017

The UNESCO Chair on “Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles” has proposed from the beginning to develop a set of transferring knowledge initiatives and promoting cooperation, in order to integrate the multiple approaches related to the territorial development engaging local communities and visitors in better socio-economic and healthier lifestyles. With this efforts it is expected to stimulate learning and promotion of core competencies such as critical and systematic thinking, collaborative decision-making, and taking responsibility for present and future generations.

In this framework will be organized the International Summer University on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles as a new and multidisciplinary approach towards the capacity building on this subjects. As educational offer hosted in the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal), this advanced formation includes an intensive series of seminars and workshops during two weeks.

Consult the Programm:

UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Programme

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.

The Programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.

Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many instances, the Networks and Chairs serve as think tanks and as bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making. They have proven useful in informing policy decisions, establishing new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research and contributing to the enrichment of existing university programmes while promoting cultural diversity. In areas suffering from a dearth of expertise, Chairs and Networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at the regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South-South cooperation.

Today, the Programme involves over 700 institutions in 116 countries


Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

UNESCO Global Geoparks are highly strategic territories for the implementation of North-South, South-South and North-South-South cooperation projects, in order to contribute for the achievement of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Also assuming that we are dealing with territories of Education, Science and Culture, the UNESCO Global Geoparks meet the necessary conditions for the implementation of an effective sustainable development for its inhabitants.

UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Their bottom-up approach of combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities is becoming increasingly popular. At present, there are 119 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 33 countries.

Download UNESCO Global Geoparks info sheet